Developing Countries’ Role in International Tax Cooperation

Over the past year I’ve worked with the secretariat of the Intergovernmental Group of 24* on a paper that discusses how developing countries could engage with a range of international tax cooperation issues. The paper can be downloaded here: Developing countries’ role in international tax cooperation [pdf]. The G-24 plays a caucusing role for its… Continue reading Developing Countries’ Role in International Tax Cooperation

The Panama papers and the OECD: re-reading Havens in a Storm

Last week I re-read Jason Sharman’s classic Havens in a Storm, described by Tax Analysts’ Martin Sullivan as “one of the best books out there for tax experts trying to make sense of big countries’ policies toward tax havens” (Sullivan’s review includes a length summary of the book). I was looking for a hook for… Continue reading The Panama papers and the OECD: re-reading Havens in a Storm

From theory to practice: development finance institutions and Global Forum peer reviews

There are two big ‘policy coherence’ issues when it comes to taxation and the way that development assistance works. The first is the way donors often demand tax exemptions for aid-funded projects. If you think about how aid can be quite a large share of GDP in some low-income countries, these are large sums at… Continue reading From theory to practice: development finance institutions and Global Forum peer reviews

Why the US and Argentina have no Tax Information Exchange Agreement

In this new era of automatic information exchange between tax authorities, the United States has come to be seen as the driving force behind the end of tax secrecy. (Although I note that back in 2010 Tax Justice Network said that the US’ FATCA initiative “preserves the essential Tax Haven USA approach – preventing the… Continue reading Why the US and Argentina have no Tax Information Exchange Agreement

Some heretical thoughts on automatic information exchange and developing countries

Information exchange agreements are one of the main tools open to governments in the fight against tax evasion. They allow tax authorities to investigate tax(non-)payers’ affairs across borders, uncovering unreported income and piecing together tax planning structures. They’re also the main focus of coercive efforts by big economic players to “crack down on tax havens.”… Continue reading Some heretical thoughts on automatic information exchange and developing countries